The Blue Ridge Area fishing report courtesy of our outfitting partner, Fly Fishing North Georgia.
The Toccoa Tailwater has finally decreased the amount of water spilling over the lake from 1700cfs to 250cfs until further notice. As of Wednesday, the Tailwater was also generating from 8:00am-9:00pm, so not much was happening on the water as far as wading goes. However, streamer fishing has been excellent with all the high water. Streamers in white and tan have been doing exceptionally well this past week. Looking ahead, it’s predicted that there will be some break in between generation, so you might be able to get out there his week on the Tailwater and actually be able to wade. The Tennessee Valley Authority doesn’t usually let you know their generation schedule until the day before around 5:00pm. If you are looking to get out on the Tailwater, call Cohutta Fishing Co. in Blue Ridge, GA at 706-946-3044 for the most recent updated info about the Tailwater. You can also check the releases in the link provided below.
The Delayed Harvest section of the Toccoa was hammered with rain from Tuesday. By Tuesday night, the outflow was registering at 2,000cfs! This week hasn’t been the best conditions for fishing the DH, even floating in high water. However, after checking the outflow every hour for the past day, it seems the DH is dropping rapidly; roughly 50cfs per hour. If the DH continues to drop at this rate, it should be at a decent level to fish this weekend. If the cfs is around 300, it will be perfect for wading. If the water still hasn’t dropped, a float would be decent around 600-800cfs. If you do plan to fish the DH, remember there are strict regulations until May 14th. The regulations are Catch and Release only, Artificial Lures, and Single Hooks. I would suspect Black Caddis would still be hitting on top. I would also try some subsurface stuff like Waltz Worms, Pheasant Tails, and Rainbow Warriors.
Smaller Mountain Streams are going to be blown out for a few days, but these streams will clear out a lot faster than the main water of the Toccoa. Coopers Creek and Rock Creek will still be excellent fishing. Have heard a lot of good reports that they have been fishing well this past week. If the rain subsides for the rest of the week, I’d suspect the creeks will be cleared out by Friday or Saturday. Soft Hackle Nymphs, Pat’s Rubber Legs, and Wooly Buggers are all excellent option.
Check the generation schedule before you plan your trip! We do not recommend that you float the Etowah if Allatoona dam is releasing water. We do not recommend wading the Toccoa if the TVA is releasing water. Check the release schedules and be safe!
Toccoa River Delayed Harvest flows
Allatoona Dam Release Schedule- (706) 334-7213